Meet Our W-CATs

Course Attached Tutors for Writing, or W-CATs (formerly known as PWSAs and TWAs) are writing tutors assigned to a specific course.  There are W-CATs attached to every First Year Seminar, which serves as your W1 (GenEd requirement), and sometimes there are W-CATs in W2 or W3 courses, which are all part of Bates’ Writing-Attentive Curriculum. W-CATs provide class-specific support, including but not limited to written and oral assignments and assessments. W-CATs have typically demonstrated perseverance in writing in the subject, have nurtured a relationship with the course professor, and/or have previously taken the course or a course in the major or minor. W-CATs will introduce themselves at the beginning of the semester, but you can also ask your course instructor or come into the Writing & Language Center to find out your W-CATs contact information and when they are in the WLC to support you.

If you are enrolled in a course with a W-CAT attached to it, you may schedule a meeting with the W-CAT through Penji by searching the name of your course or professor (do not search by your W-CAT’s name). These tutors possess the tools and training to help you reach your goals as a writer in the course. Think of W-CATs as a subset of general writing tutors–their sole responsibility is supporting you in becoming an independent and confident writer and communicator in your course–and beyond!

Please read below to learn about our current roster of W-CATs.

Tife Agunloye’25 (He/him)

Hi! I am currently a sophomore on the Men’s Soccer Team and I plan to study Economics and Philosophy at Bates. I am originally from Nigeria but currently reside in Monroe, Connecticut, so the east coast is not a new scene for me. I am excited to meet you all and feel free to reach out with any questions.

I can tutor you in FYS 475 – Theorizing the Ku Klux Klan.

Major(s): Undeclared

Minor(s): Undeclared

Language(s) I can converse in:

Grace Biddle’23 (She/They)

Hello! My name is Grace. I’m a senior majoring in English and minoring in Rhetoric and Film Studies. Outside of class, I play field hockey and represent the class of 2023 in Student Government. Super excited for this year!

I can tutor you in FYS 393 – Music and DIY Culture.

Major(s): English

Minor(s): Rhetoric and Film Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Nick Brown’25 (He/him)

Hi all, My name is Nick Brown and I’m a Sophomore history-econ double major from Massachusetts. The end game is to be a high school history teacher/XC coach if all goes as planned. In my free time, you may find me jogging, reading, or drawing some maps. I’m excited to work with all of you!

I can tutor you in FYS 468 – The History of South Africa.

Major(s): History; Economics

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Maya Castiblanco’23 (She/her)

Hi Everyone! I am from Westchester New York. I am a senior and I love coffee and dogs (in no particular order). This is my first year tutoring at Bates, and I am so excited to work with you this semester.

I can tutor you in FYS 305 – Body Health in America.

Major(s): Psychology

Minor(s): Hispanic Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Khushi Choudhary’23 (She/her)

Hellooo! I am a senior from India double majoring in Religious Studies and Art History. Alongside the WLC, I work at the Multifaith Chaplaincy and the Office of Global Education. Besides my campus engagements, I spend much of my time perfecting my espresso and practicing languages.

I can tutor you in FYS 543 – Buddhist Pilgrimage Tourism.

Major(s): Art & Visual Culture; Religious Studies

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English, German, Hindi, Bengali, Italian

Fiona Cohen’23 (She/her)

Hi! I am a senior who is studying French and History. I am involved in The Bates Student, FAB, and the WLC on campus. When I am not at Bates, I really enjoy riding my motorcycle and being an equestrian.

I can tutor you in FYS 318 – Through the Eyes of Children and French Language.

Major(s): History; French & Francophone Studies

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English, French

Najá Crockett’23 (He/They)

Hi! I’m Najá Crockett, I’m from Washington, DC, and I’m a double major in Rhetoric and American Studies. I will be the Course Attached Tutor for Conspiracy Rhetoric with Professor Kelley-Romano. In my downtime, I like watching movies, painting, and hanging out with my friends!

I can tutor you in FYS 547 – Conspiracy Rhetoric.

Major(s): American Studies; Rhetoric, Film & Screen Studies

Minor(s): Africana

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Spanish

Danny Cronin’25 (He/him)

Hello, beautiful people!! My name is Danny Cronin and I’m a sophomore at Bates (haven’t officially declared, but I am gravitating towards a Biology major and Education minor). I’m a stickler for planning out the writing process and breaking it up into small, nonstressful chunks. Outside of my duties as a W-CAT, you’ll find me at the gym, in my room watching Netflix, or cooking myself a meal in the Adams kitchen!

I can tutor you in FYS 300 – Exploring Educ Through Narratives.

Major(s): Undeclared

Minor(s): Undeclared

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Ivy Epstein’23 (She/her)

Hi! I’m a senior from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and I’m studying Politics and Hispanic Studies. I have previously worked in ARC as a Spanish tutor so I’m happy to converse in Spanish as well. In my free time, I enjoy running, doing yoga, reading and writing. Looking forward to working with you!

I can tutor you in FYS 546 – Why War? and in Spanish Language.

Major(s): Politics

Minor(s): Hispanic Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Spanish

Sacha Feldberg’24 (She/her)

Hi all! My name is Sacha and I am a junior from Maryland studying political science. My favorite season is the fall and I love mint chocolate ice cream. I can’t wait to work with you!

I can tutor you in FYS 507 – A Local Lens on Global Issues.

Major(s): Politics

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Spanish

Joel Hallkaj’24 (He/him)

I can tutor you in FYS 501 – Japan on Screen, Chemistry, Digital Computational Studies, English, French Francophone Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion Studies, Rhetoric Film Screen Studies, and Presentation Speaking.

Major(s): Neuroscience

Minor(s): Digital & Computational Studies

Language(s) I can converse in:

Nathan Huynh’23 (He/She/They)

Hey everyone! My name is Nathan Huynh and I use any pronoun. I am from sunny San Diego, California majoring in Environmental Studies (with a concentration in Human Culture) and minoring in rhetoric, film, and screen studies. I love writing creative nonfiction 🙂 I enjoy doing art, surfing, rock climbing, sleeping, and watching anime. I’ll always greet you with a smile so please come say hi!!!

I can tutor you in FYS 541 – This Land Is Whose Land?.

Major(s): Environmental Studies

Minor(s): Rhetoric, Film & Screen Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Sam Jean-Francois’23 (They/She/He)

Hi loves! My name is Sam and I’m a senior at Bates Majoring in Africana Studies with a concentration in Racisms and Identity, Race and Ethnicity. I’m first generation Haitian American and you can find me at CSA (Caribbean Student Association) meetings or helping lead BSU (Black Student Union) meetings as a meeting facilitator this year. Fun facts about me: I’ve rode a mechanical pumpkin and I start each essay with a poem 🙂

I can tutor you in FYS 532 – Arts and Spirituality; Africana, Gender Sexuality Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Presentation Speaking.

Major(s): Africana

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Inez Johnson’25 (She/her)

Hey hey hey! I’m a sophomore from Dallas, TX! I run here at Bates on the cross country team, and I’m the Commons ice cream machine’s biggest fan. In my free time, I love watching Carpool Karaoke segments and old romantic comedies.

I can tutor you in FYS 545 – Inventing New England.

Major(s): Politics

Minor(s): Spanish

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Li Kane’23 (She/her)

Hi! I’m a senior from New York City and a Gender and Sexuality Studies Major. On campus, you can usually find me tossing a disc with Cold Front, the Women’s, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming Ultimate Team. This is my third year as an FYS W-CAT and I’m excited to work with you all this semester.

I can tutor you in FYS 548 – Queer Gender Race Writing.

Major(s): Gender & Sexuality Studies

Minor(s): Africana

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Jessica Kissi’23 (She/her)

Hello everyone! My name is Jessica and I am a senior Biochemistry and French & Francophone Studies double major. I am from Ghana and Togo, West Africa, but I currently live in Chicago, IL. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, watching reality TV, and traveling!

I can tutor you in FYS 505B – STEM Scholars.

Major(s): Biochemistry; French & Francophone Studies

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English, French

Rachel Liazos’24 (She/her)

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel and I’m a Junior Politics Major. I live just about an hour outside Boston in a town called Westborough. At Bates, I am a member of the Softball team and I work at the Harward Center as a social media coordinator. I spent my summer teaching at a special education school and coaching a 14U Softball team.

I can tutor you in FYS 544 – Human Cooperation.

Major(s): Politics

Minor(s): Educational Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Andy Martagon’24

I’m a junior from Mexico, I am on the squash team and this is my first year tutoring. Hope you are having a great time so far here at Bates!!

I can tutor you in FYS 533 – Paperfolding in Art; Math, and Spanish Language

Major(s): Math

Minor(s): French & Francophone Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Spanish

Peter Mason’24 (He/him)

Hello, my name is Peter Mason, I’m a Junior Politics Major with a minor in Hispanic Studies. I’m from a town called New Canaan, CT, just an hour north of New York City by train.

I can tutor you in FYS 425 – Politics and Memory.

Major(s): Politics

Minor(s): Hispanic Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Julianne Massa’25 (She/her)

Hi! I am from Long Island, New York, and I am a sophomore this year at Bates. I am pursuing an English major with a concentration in creative writing. I enjoy drinking tea, knitting, playing the saxophone, and snowboarding.

I can tutor you in FYS 550 – Tell Us Your Story; Africana, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Classical Medieval Studies, Education Studies, English, European Studies, Gender Sexuality Studies, Latin American Latinx Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology.

Major(s): Undeclared

Minor(s): Undeclared

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Avery Mathias’24 (She/her)

Hi! I am a Junior here at Bates and on the XC and Track team. I love plants, tea, and my chickens more than the average person. I’m originally from Mass but now spend most of my time in Scarborough, ME outside of Bates.

I can tutor you in FYS 538 – Dyes Drugs and Dams; Writing in Art Visual Culture, Biology, Chemistry, English, and Digital Computational Studies.

Major(s): Biology; Art & Visual Culture

Minor(s): Chemistry

Language(s) I can converse in:

Kate Middleton’23 (She/her)

Hi! I’m from Big Sky, Montana and am a Senior here at Bates. This is my second year working in the ARC. I love to ski, backpack, bike, and hang out with my dogs.

I can tutor you in FYS 542 – International Development.

Major(s): Environmental Studies

Minor(s): Philosophy

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Maggie Nespole’24 (She/her)

I am so excited to work with you all this semester! Some things about me: I have an obsession with crime shows, am an avid tea drinker, and am a twin! Always feel free to reach out with questions, or concerns, or if you just want to chat! I am here for you all as a tutor and a person who has been in your exact shoes only a few years ago.

I can tutor you in FYS 447 – Holocaust on Stage.

Major(s): English; Politics

Minor(s): Theater

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Aanika Patel’25 (She/her)

I can tutor you in FYS 511 – Information is Physical.

Hi, everyone! I am a WCAT from Boston, MA. On campus, I’m involved in The Bates Student, South Asian Students Association, and the WLC. I love music, coffee, spending time with my family, and exploring new places (in no particular order). I’m excited to meet you all and feel free to reach out with any questions!

Major(s): Undeclared

Minor(s): Undeclared

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Gujarati

Emme Pike’23 (She/her)

Hey! I’m a senior on the women’s swim team and also a member of the Crosstones a capella group! I studied abroad in Spain my junior year and am super excited to be back in the writing center. My preferred source of caffeine is anything from Dunkin, and my favorite writing technique is using tricholan.

I can tutor you in FYS 404 – On the Road to Spain and Spanish Language

Major(s): Hispanic Studies; Rhetoric, Film & Screen Studies

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Spanish

Anna Puaala’23 (She/her)

Aloha! I am a senior from O’ahu, Hawai’i with a primary study in biochemistry and a minor in mathematics. I am the type of person who likes to blast music (from island, to indie, to lany) on any given day. I love my family, animals, music, and adventure.

I can tutor you in FYS 505A – STEM Scholars.

Major(s): Biochemistry

Minor(s): Math

Language(s) I can converse in:

Helena Raddock’24 (She/her)

Hi everyone! My name is Helena and I’m from Warren, Vermont. I am also a Peer Advisor with Purposeful Work. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing, and spending time with my family and pets. I look forward to meeting you all.

I can tutor you in FYS 400 – US in the Middle East.

Major(s): Politics

Minor(s): Gender & Sexuality Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Lea Rosen’23 (She/her)

Hey there! I am a senior from New York City, majoring in English. Outside of the WLC, you can find me working at Purposeful Work, leading programs at JSU, or blending some fruit at smoothie club. This is my second semester working at the WLC, and I’m excited to get to know you all.

I can tutor you in FYS 537 – Inventing Originality.

Major(s): English

Minor(s): Rhetoric, Film & Screen Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Hebrew

Claire Scott’24 (She/her)

Hey! I am a current junior on the rowing team originally from Washington state (west coast best coast). I am a Politics and European Studies double major with a history minor. I’ve got a Great Dane named Gaucho, but sadly he couldn’t fit in my single so he’s back home but come show me photos of your dog and write with me!

I can tutor you in FYS 249 – Global Economy and Nation State.

Major(s): European Studies; Politics

Minor(s): History

Language(s) I can converse in: English, French

Cerise Stanley’25 (She/her)

Hello and welcome to the WLC! I am a sophomore W-CAT from Bentonville, Arkansas planning to study Environmental Studies. My favorite writing genre is creative nonfiction. I look forward to working with y’all this semester, and please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat.

Major(s): Undeclared

I can tutor you in FYS 549 – Race and Gender in Biomedicine.

Minor(s): Undeclared

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Mary Trafton’23 (She/her)

Hi everyone! I am a senior Classical and Medieval Studies major from New Hampshire and I can’t wait to meet you all! My favorite part of campus is the tree outside the library that turns yellow in the fall and my favorite flavor of ice cream is s’mores. I can’t wait to get started, and please reach out with any questions or just to say hi!

I can tutor you in FYS 191 – Love and Friendship Classical World; Africana, American Studies, Anthropology, Art Visual Culture, Asian Studies, Classical Medieval Studies, Educational Studies, English, European Studies, Gender Sexuality Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, Latin Language, Latin American Latinx Studies, Religious Studies, Rhetoric Film Screen Studies, and Presentation Speaking Support.

Major(s): Classical & Medieval Studies

Minor(s): History

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Olivia Wiener’24 (She/her)

Hi! My name’s Olivia and I’m a junior from NYC studying economics. My favorite movie is Kung Fu Panda and I love eating ice cream. This is my first year tutoring in the WLC and I’m looking forward to learning with y’all!

I can tutor you in FYS 539 – Philosophy of Art.

Major(s): Economics

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Isaac Williams’23

Hello, I look forward to meeting you all soon! A snapshot of me is that I’m passionate about micromobility and hip hop. Since this blurb concerns the world of writing, I’m a fan of comedic novels that carry a sincere and sometimes poignant message. Come tell me your favorite type of writing at your first session in the WlC!

I can tutor you in FYS 540 – Migration in European Lit.

Major(s): Environmental Studies

Minor(s): German

Language(s) I can converse in: English, German

Ilana Zeilinger’23 (She/her)

Hello everyone! I’m from Washington, D.C. and I’m a senior on the women’s cross country team. This is my third year working in ARC, and I have also worked as a Research Assistant in the English department. Commons is my favorite place on campus!

I can tutor you in FYS 536 – Great Expectations.

Major(s): English Sociology

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Leah Zukosky’23 (She/her)

Hello! I am a senior from St. Louis, Missouri. I am a pre-med neuroscience major here at Bates. Outside of school I enjoy playing tennis and being outside with friends. I have previously worked as a W-CAT for first year seminars and I am looking forward to writing with you all this semester!

I can tutor you in FYS 497 – Brain Injury in Sports; Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Sociology.

Major(s): Neuroscience

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English